Redemption showing sunday night in sf – pls help fight to save tookie williams from an unjust execution

there is a screening of redemption, an awesome movie on Sunday. More importantly it is part of an effort to stop the execution of tookie williams, a man nominated for the nobel peace prize, who has spent the past 25 years writing children’s books aimed at deturring urban youth from entering gangs.

I know we all lead busy lives and get asked to lend our support to too many efforts. But this one is different.

1. we are all safer with tookie around. He has turned 100’s of kids away from gangs.

2. we cannot afford to be the community that executed tookie. This happens in texas, not sf.

3. tookie has lead an amazing life and his redemption story is inspiring.

4. this is an amazing movie. Jamie fox’s best performace ever.

5. this is the fight we are all supposed to fight. If we don’t stand up for tookie, we have already lost the war.

Here are the details…

*** PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY ***

Danny Glover invites you to a screening of "Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story"

Where: Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th Street in San Francisco (next to the 16th Street and Mission BART Station)

When: December 04, 2005 at 5pm

Why: Help STOP THE December 13th EXECUTION of Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Stan Tookie Williams

Danny Glover, Barbara Becnel, Boots Riley, and Kevin Epps will host a short program before the movie to explain the status of Stan’s case and let people know how to get involved in the movement to stop the execution. With only a few weeks left before the execution date, your help is urgently needed. Please join us in the fight to save Stan’s life.

This event is a fund-raiser for the San Francisco Save Tookie Committee. Tickets are $5 for students/youth/seniors and $10 for the general public. Inmate art, donated by Alan Laird of Expressions Art Gallery, will also be available for purchase to raise funds for the campaign to save Stan.

Co-sponsors and endorsers welcome; donations appreciated. Please contact Danielle at Danielle@vanguardsf.org or 415-581-2512 for more information about endorsing or co-sponsoring the event.

Tickets available at

www.victoriatheatre.org

or at the door.

Stan Williams co-founded the L.A. Crips in 1971. In 1981, he was convicted of murder by a jury from which all Blacks had been removed.

Standing before a racist system, without adequate funds or competent counsel, he had no real chance of demonstrating his innocence during his trial.

While in prison, Stan began writing books de-glamorizing gangs and prison life for children and young adults. Because of this work, he has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize five times.

For more info go to

www.savetookie.org

10 thoughts on “Redemption showing sunday night in sf – pls help fight to save tookie williams from an unjust execution

  1. Hey Mark, just thought I’d share that the movie is out on torrents, too. I don’t think I’ll be able to make any of the showings, bein ing here in Honolulu.
    Thanks for the post. I hope to watch this film soon.

  2. If you against the death penalty in all cases simply say that. But to allow redemption based upon what they do when caught is sheer lunacy! So Scott Peterson writes about the santity of marriage and how to make a marriage last and he gets a pass on the gas? Sadam preaches against genocide and he gets a pass. Jeffrey Dahmer writes that human flesh isn’t as good as chicken or beef and he gets out (fortunately he got his in prison). Tookie is a butcher who killed 4 people in cold blood in the process of robbing them. We need to send a message to every scumbag out there that it doesn’t matter what you do once you are caught. Otherwise every deathrow inmate will become a preacher, writer, blogger, whatever and you have done away with the death penalty.
    Yeah nice movie now send Tookie to hell where he belongs.

  3. Nobel peace prize nominee? So F***ing what? They actually gave the Nobel Peace prize to Arafat. That tells you what fools they are!
    Maybe if the idiots behind the Nobel nominate every death row inmate, we can do away with the death penalty. Oh what would the world court say about this? The people of CA voted for the death penalty. Tookie was given the death penalty. Should we go against the will of the people? So much for the ants rising up eh mark?

  4. mike has a few good points even if you have to read between his spelling and swearing which of course i cant complain about.
    yes, the nobel peace prize is not a shoe in for sainthood and arafat is the best example. however, it’s funny to me that he ends by saying if tookie avoids execution then all the killers would start trying to do good. hmmm…isnt that the point of such harsh punishment in the first place? and would that be so bad?
    i’m just being pragmatic here. tookie is worth more to the world alive than dead. it’s easy to call him a scumbag, but you’re not looking at the whole picture. if tookie helps stop kids from joining gangs he might one day save your life.

  5. mike has a few good points even if you have to read between his spelling and swearing which of course i cant complain about.
    yes, the nobel peace prize is not a shoe in for sainthood and arafat is the best example. however, it’s funny to me that he ends by saying if tookie avoids execution then all the killers would start trying to do good. hmmm…isnt that the point of such harsh punishment in the first place? and would that be so bad?
    i’m just being pragmatic here. tookie is worth more to the world alive than dead. it’s easy to call him a scumbag, but you’re not looking at the whole picture. if tookie helps stop kids from joining gangs he might one day save your life.

  6. My point is that inmates on death row will pretend to be good to avoid the ultimate punishment. There is a big difference between acting good and being good, again look at Scott Peterson.
    Tookie is worth more to the world dead, as proof of what happens when you do heinous acts. I don’t care if the death row inmates start acting good, I’m more concerned with the people in society acting good and a dead Tookie helps achieve that. Tookie killed 4 people in cold blood. Now he needs to take his punishment like a man.

  7. Mark talked about the jury make-up and said: “Standing before a racist system”. Ths jury included a Latino and a Filipino. This was not White versus Black this was vicious murder.

  8. Tookie’s best selling book sold 330 copies. The other sold 2 copies. Total book sales 332. So much for his 25 years of writing children’s books and turning hundreds of kids away from gangs. Don’t believe the hype, Tookie is scum.
    We need the real threat of the death penalty to get people to plead guilty, to testify against co-criminals, and to take authorities to the bodies of their victims (e.g. we’ll waive the death penalty if you take us to the bodies of the 10 young women you killed so that their families can have closure). It is also a deterent. Don’t take the death penalty away, especially with this scam artist.

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